A dive into the dynamic 1980s Jamaican dancehall scene, Beth Lesser’s Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture looks at the influential movement that was largely unseen by those not involved. Lesser traveled to Kingston, Jamaica in the ’80s for Reggae Quarterly magazine and various dedicated nights, and found herself in the midst of dancehall’s golden age. While political tensions were still apparent, the welcoming and boisterous world of dancehall provided an escape and community for many. This book traces dancehall’s 1950s origins through to its ’80s heyday and beyond with colorful images and thoughtful text.
Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture